Lately, I have had such a time sleeping at night. I’m not sure if it is the pain or just my worries running through my mind. I have spent entire nights tossing and turning only to be so tired the next day that I can barely function. So I was excited to see Sarah’s recipe for sweet dreams. I ordered the supplies and plan to mix up the lotion this week. I can hardly wait to share my results! Sarah was willing to share with all us today. Keep reading below for her sweet dreams lotion.
Here’s to some sweet dreams!
Guest Post by Sarah Jean at www.prettysimpleideas.com
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night?
Or wish you had a magic potion that could calm stress? Perhaps chronic fatigue from an illness is keeping you up? I’m going to teach you how to make a DIY lotion that will help you fall asleep and relieve I like to call it my “Sweet Dreams Lotion.”
As someone who has made dozens of DIY health and beauty products, I can admit that while I only blog about a DIY recipe once a month, I still have my favorites. And this recipe is one of them. It works even better than expected. I don’t normally have trouble sleeping (ask my husband who nudges me at 8:30pm to see if I’m still watching the TV, or if I’ve fallen asleep…again) but I do know what it’s like to feel stressed, anxious, and have trouble falling asleep when I am worried about something.
I made this recipe one day only because I had leftover cocoa butter.
I had some lotion bars that I wasn’t sure what to do with. So I looked up how to make a lotion with it, and then added my own essential oils that I figured would relieve stress and help me fall asleep.
The first night I tried it I felt like I had been drugged; I feel asleep instantly and was out the whole night. I also grind my teeth when I sleep so occasionally I take a muscle relaxer to help relax my jaw. I know this is a bold statement, but my DIY lotion was comparable to the drug. I thought it was a fluke so I tried the next night. Same result! Even though I don’t need it I like to rub a little on my feet every night to ensure a great night’s sleep.
For my batch, I used Lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, and an oil called To Be at Peace from Youngevity. However, you can interchange any of these oils with chamomile, clary sage, ylang ylang, or cedarwood – all of which promote relaxation.
What You Will Need for DIY Lotion:
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- ¼ coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops Frankincense
- 8 drops To Be at Peace
The essential oils I buy from Youngevity (actually, my mom bought them for me as gifts) and everything else from Amazon. Feel free to find them where you can though.
How To Make:
- Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter on the stove. I’d recommend using an old tin can to melt the mixture. Sit it in a pan of water and turn the heat to medium.
- When fully melted take off the heat for 10 minutes.
- Mix in essential oils.
- Put it in the fridge for 45 minutes.
- Whip ingredients together with an electric mixer.
- Whip it for a good 8-10 minutes if you want it a nice soft lotion consistency.
- Store in a small mason jar or other container with a lid.
How to Use:
Rub a small amount on the bottom of your feet at night. Feel free to use anywhere else though because although it gets absorbed better through your feet, it is an amazing lotion and can be used anywhere on the body.
BIO: Sarah Jean is a Communications Director for a member of Congress, but dreams about being Martha Stewart at night. Although originally from Western New York she now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Josh and cat Squeakers. To get back to basics with her, follow along at www.prettysimpleideas.com